A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 56

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

In honor of our friend, AERose, we continue our special "Moments from Uncanny X-Men" theme week!

We continue with a cool scene from this year's Uncanny X-Men Annual by Matt Fraction!


The basic idea for Uncanny X-Men Annual #2 (they started the numbering over recently) is examining the untold past history of Namor and Emma Frost, which is important again since they are both in Norman Osborn's secret cabal.

The story by writer Matt Fraction (in probably his best issue of Uncanny X-Men yet, and the second Annual by Fraction that he just killed on, after 2007's excellent Sensational Spider-Man Annual) weaves past and present beautifully, and he is ably assisted by Daniel Acuña on the flashbacks and Mitch Breitweiser on the present-day story.

The main plot involves an attack on Namor by Sebastian Shaw years ago that ended with Emma Frost's mind being wiped clean.

She eventually regained her memories, and in the present day, she arranges a deal with Namor to deliver his loyalty to her by gaining revenge on Shaw - to achieve this, she takes some rather...extreme measures.

Extreme but awesomely delivered by Fraction.

Enjoy (click to enlarge)...

I guess the last page would be the "moment," but maybe when she "cuts off" Shaw's head? Or the reveal? I'm not sure exactly, except to note that the scene as a whole was excellently written by Fraction and drawn well by Breitweiser (Acuña, by the way, delivered what I found to be the best art of his American comics career on his parts of the story).

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